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Saturday 16 April 2022

Champagne producer trials lighter bottles

Champagne in lighter bottles?

Champagne Telmont has announced plans to reduce the weight of its bottles as part of a sustainability drive.

Telmont has a history dating back to 1912 and a mission to "produce 100% organic Champagne, ensuring a completely sustainable production lifecycle in the coming years.

"From protecting biodiversity on its land, to using 100% renewable electricity, Champagne Telmont is determined to radically lower its environmental footprint."

Movie star Leonardo di Caprio is among the investors in the wine producer.

Decanter reports that the Champagne house is partnering with French glassmaker Verallia, which has 32 glass production facilities in 11 countries and is among the largest producers of glass packaging.

‘Telmont is a traditional house that embraces innovation, especially when it enables us to reduce our carbon footprint, [and] Verallia… also shares these values,’ said Ludovic du Plessis, president of Telmont.

"I sincerely hope that what we are testing today, with this lighter 800g bottle, will be a step forward for the Champagne region."

Telmont’s goal is to bring the weight of its 835g bottles down to 800g, while leaving their appearance and shape virtually unchanged. 

According to the Champagne house, glass bottles are the principal source of Telmont’s carbon footprint, corresponding to about 20% of its overall emissions of CO2.

The project involves testing a new bottle to ensure the reduced weight can withstand the pressure of about 6kg per square centimetre generated by the sparkling wine’s CO2 content.

If successful, the first lighter-weight bottles will be used on this year’s batch of Telmont Réserve Brut, due for release three years from now in 2025.

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